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We offer paid summer jobs and internships, giving high school students the chance to build a foundation and a resume for future employment in the outdoor industry. Check out these videos highlighting some of our summer jobs!

Examples of Paid Summer Jobs and Internships for Students

All summer jobs and internships have been filled. Check back in Feb. 2023 for our high school summer job openings.

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Western Slope SUP River Guide Internship

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During this experience, trainees will receive 50 hours of training which will cover: Stand up paddle Rafting Teaching Guiding River rescue And much more Training locations include Western Slope SUP,…

Summer Climbing Instructor Job 2022

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Summary: Are you excited about climbing and bouldering and want to share this passion with your community? The Climbing Instructor will be in charge of supporting our Community Climbing Program…

Camp Counselor Job 2022

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Summary: Do you want to be outside this summer assisting kids ages 7-11 with fun activities involving nature and the outdoors? Camp counselors will help supervise campers while teaching games…

Backcountry Youth Trail Crew Job – Forest Service 2022

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Summary: Work with the United States Forest Service on a camping-based crew in the Kebler Pass backcountry on the Gunnison National Forest. Responsibilities: Crew members will help clear fallen trees…

Social Media Internship 2022

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Summary: Manage the Nature Connection's social media accounts to take a post pictures and videos to build our following and grow our audience among a diversity of user groups. Brainstorm…

Bike Tech Internship 2022

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Summary: Do you want to learn the essentials in how to maintain and repair MTBs (mountain bikes) and build technical job skills while interning at The Nature Connection headquarters? Interns…

Healthy Forest Science Internship 2022

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Summary: Learn how to camp and have fun in the outdoors while completing a field research project with the US Forest Service and Colorado State University near Crawford.  Responsibilities: Interns…

Summer Backpacking Internship 2022

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Summary: Are you passionate about hiking and being around kids in the mountains? The Nature Connection is hiring backpacking interns to help plan and lead youth backpacking trips in the…

Wilder Bunch Trail Crew Job 2022

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Summary: Do you want a job where you work hard and have fun with a team outside, everyday? The “Wilder Bunch” is a high school trail crew where you will…

Water Sports (SUP) Instructor Job

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Summary: Do you love being in and around water in the summertime? Do you like SUP'ing or have you ever wanted to try outdoor adventures all while sharing your excitement…
Lifeguard Training
February 19, 2019

Scholarship for Water Safety Instructor Training

Scholarship for Water Safety Instructor Training The Nature Connection offers partial scholarships to help cover the cost of a Water Safety Instructor Training at Bill Heddles Recreation Center. Once completed,…
Lifeguard Training
February 19, 2019

Scholarship for Lifeguard Training

Scholarship for Lifeguard Training The Nature Connection offers partial scholarships to help cover the costs for lifeguard training at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, so that students can work during the…
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